Here Comes August!

So, July 2020 will soon be in the history books. Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and observing precautions of masks and physical distancing, our family spent a lovely week together at Campfire Bay Resort, as we have for the past 6 years. If you are looking for a beautiful, well-run place to relax or get together with family, I highly recommend Campfire Bay Resort.

Looking ahead to August:

North Country Herbalist Guild has changed its August meeting date from Wednesday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 12. The meeting is scheduled to be a plant walk with Matthew Wood. They haven't decided on the format yet, but it will be good and worth attending, however it is done.

Several of you have asked me about motherwort while visiting the herb garden lately. Lise Wolff, my herbal mentor and friend, taped several very interesting and useful videos about motherwort that you can view for free through Sunday, through the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism. There are many other interesting (and free) classes available through their website, too, but this offer on the motherwort one is only good through Sunday, August 2, so be sure to catch that one now.

A friend shared a website with me with interesting information about drying summer greens to make a Super Greens Powder Mix to add to smoothies, soups, and other foods to boost their nutritional value. It makes a lot of sense and doesn't seem too difficult. I'm planning on giving it a try and, if you know me, I'm all about simple. Check it out.

If you still have extra time, here is a Microbiome Webinar that I found very interesting. I've spent a bit of time browsing their website and am hoping to try some of their fermenting recipes soon.

And finally, here is a good article about making herbal oils by Mountain Rose Herbs. This is the time of year to be making oils for the coming year, such as calendula, St. John's Wort, and plantain. I found the last section about "Alcohol Intermediary Method for Topical Oils" to be particularly interesting in regard to making oils with dried herbs.